Lasting a little over one hour and covering about three-quarters of a mile, the Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking ... More
Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tour
Lasting a little over one hour and covering about three-quarters of a mile, the Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours are the only ones in Gettysburg based on the best selling books by Mark Nesbitt. Period-dressed guides take visitors on one of six evening tours through sections of the town that is known by many as the most haunted in the United States.
I took both the Haunted Gettysburg and the Sleepy Hollow Tour while visiting Gettesburg. Both tours are well worth the time and money. Each guide researches their own stories and takes you to places where they think you will be entertained. Like the guide we had said, "this isn't a terror tour."
If you are looking for something to jump out and grab you, go to a funhouse at the amusement park. If you want to hear and see where these events took place and maybe catch something unusual along the way, you are in the right place. Yes, I caught an orb in one picture.
My husband and I just love the ghost tours, but this one was just not that great. All the stories came out of their books.
Our favorit tour so far... Sleepy Hollow of Gettysburg Candlelight Ghost Tour. This is the same tour that was previously run out of the Farnsworth House. I found that out when I asked about the change in the quality of their tour.
I highly recommend this tour for great story tellers, great stories, and a fun atmosphere. You can't go wrong. They are in front of the T-Shirt Company.
I did a Candelight Walking Tour the last time I was in Gettysburg. I was staying at the Holiday Inn, Battlefield hotel and all I did was walk across the street to sign up for the tour. There were adults and children in my group and everybody got something different out of it. The people who led the tour were dressed in period costume and they led us by lantern through the streets of Gettysburg and down on to the battlefields. It was spooky and interesting..they filled their talk with fun facts about the town, and the soldiers and families who were there in July, 1863.
It was definitly worth the price and I recommend it to everyone who visits Gettysburg.
We took the Baltimore St. walking tour. Our impression was that we were going to get to go inside some of the buildings. All we did was walk to a building stood out side and the guide told us a lame story. She was not very enthusiastic, the stories did not even make my kids bat an eye, and it seemed like she was in a hurry to get it over with and get her tip. I have bad knees and a bad hip, she asked if anyone was having trouble keeping up. I said yes. I'll slow down she said. By the time we got to the next place I was half a block back limping badly. Am I going too fast? Again I said yes. On to the next stop, half a block back. Needless to say I did not leave a tip. $21 for the 3 of us was $20 too much.
You would be better served by going down the block and listening to the Ghost stories in the basement of the restaurant, at least they were entertaining.
On our first visit to Gettysburg, we took this tour. The stories were interesting and sometimes very scary. Be sure to get the stories about the sewer grates and the ghostly toilet flusher in the police station. The period dress of the storytellers adds to the overall atmosphere.
The only "caution" I would give is that this is a walking tour. Wear sensible shoes and be prepared to walk. There are stops along the way to tell stories, though, so you won't feel like you just ran a marathon or anything.
BTW, we used this as a precursor to our own "ghost hunts" in Gettysburg.
I loved it me and my HOTS class went there and had a blast and we were in a bus!
I also loved the stories and how she brought us right next to the buildings. I though it was really cool!!!!!!!!!!
I would definetly recommend it to others especialy those of you that don't believe in ghosts you may change your mind:.) SMF OH
We visit Gettyburg every chance we get. 15 years ago we did the original Ghosts of Gettysburg, it was OK. Then about 10 years ago we took the Sleepy Hallow Tours and have been going back and taking friends & family to the Sleepy Hallow tours. The tours vary with the different guides and everyone is so friendly. But we like it because they tell different stories, not the same old scripts and really like it that things, that could not be explained, have happened on some of the tours we took. Also we were encouraged to take pictures and we have got some weird things in them too. We learned too about the battle itself and were really amazed how the history was told along with the ghost stories(they seemed to really care about the history part of it). I think our kids learned more from a walk than they had a whole year in school. The walking wasn't too bad. But we were disapointted that the town doesn't keep up it's sidewalks better and it seems everything in town closes down too early.
We will be back this year and can't wait to take another tour or two.
I took the Carlisle Street Tour, because that was an area that doesn't get too much attention. While most of the stories weren't battle-related, they were all interesting nonetheless, and the story teller knew his stuff. Some people may complain about the price, but it is still much cheaper than going through the local haunted houses every Halloween.
The tour guide was very knowledgable, friendly and made the tour very interesting. Went to a field near the high school and got some strange pictures. Guide was quite theatrical with her history presentation which was fun. We enjoyed it thoroughly and would do it again!
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